Born: May 16, 1824, Shel­ter Is­land, New York.

Died: June 16, 1889, Shel­ter Is­land, New York (some sourc­es say At­lan­ta, Geor­gia).

Buried: Oak­land Ce­me­te­ry, Sag Har­bor, New York.


Chauncey was the son of Ol­iv­er Ca­dy and Abi­gail Brain­ard, and hus­band of Har­ri­et Mul­ford Ha­vens. He is said to have had a son al­so named Chaun­cey Mar­vin Ca­dy (1871–1880).

He was edu­cat­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mi­chi­gan (AB 1851) and Un­ion Theo­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary, New York Ci­ty (1851–53).

He worked with Will­iam Brad­bu­ry for some time, and ed­it­ed the New York Mu­sic­al Re­view un­til 1856.

In 1858, he and Eb­en­ezer Tow­ner Root (young­er bro­ther of com­pos­er George Root) found­ed the Root & Ca­dy mu­sic pub­lish­ers in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. The firm last­ed un­til 1871, when the Great Chi­ca­go Fire des­troyed much of its in­ven­tory and led to the com­pa­ny’s bank­rup­tcy. By 1878, Ca­dy was again run­ning a pub­lish­ing house, in New York Ci­ty.

Cady is re­mem­bered as a lib­ret­tist, sing­er, mu­sic teach­er, cho­ral con­duc­tor, ed­it­or, and pub­lisher.




Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ca­dy (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),